Monthly Archives: February 2013

I spy…..

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I spy

I spy

I hate to admit it, but I have reached the age where it need to wear those little things refered to as, “reading glasses”.  I wear contacts, but I opted for mono-vision lenses.  Which means that  I still see better up close if I use the reading glasses.  Of course, I didn’t invest in one of those little  old lady ropes you can wear around your neck to keep your glasses  handy, so I am always losing them.  I was working on a sewing project and looked over the entire house for those pesky little glasses.  I ended up taking out my contacts and wearing my glasses.  I still didn’t find the reading glasses.

The next day I was off to the store to purchase another pair of reading glasses.  Several days passed and I needed to download some pictures for a post, so I went to the bid where I keep all my cords and lo and behold, the glasses were hiding in among the cords.  Look closely at the above picture and you can see how good they are at hide and seek.  Yes, they are in there…

glasses

glasses

I guess the mystery is …. how did they get there?   All I could hear was my mother saying, “Well they didn’t walk there by themselves!”

Cricut Postal Retirement Card

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Cricut Postal Retirement Card

Cricut Postal Retirement Card

I made this card using the Cricut Cartridge, My Community.  I haven’t used it very much, but I got it really cheap on eBay.  It would be of better use for a someone who works in the school system.  Oh yea, that’s me now…

 

I made this card for my good friend, Gene.  He retired on Jan 31, 2013 from the Postal Service.  Gene and I both started working for the Postal Service in 1985.  This was when your mail was still sorted by hand.  An actual HUMAN touched each piece of the mail and sorted to the Zip Code. Gene and I  spent a lot of time sitting side by side in the letter cases sorting mail.  I think we often commented that we spent more time with each other every week than we did with our families.  I think that happens so often.  Life seems to be turned around.  When you are young and raising a family, you are so busy working and trying to make ends meet, that you hardly have time for your own family. As you age, your family is grown.  Then they move away or get busy with their families and suddenly, your job decides it can do things better with machines and you are out the door.   You now have the time and your family is grown. I think the song “The Cat’s in the Cradle” had it right.  “When you coming home dad? I don’t know when, but we’ll get together then…” I guess I  am just trying to say, enjoy your children every moment you can because all too soon they will be all “grown up.”

In 1990 I transferred to another Post Office so that I could work day shift and Gene and I haven’t talked much over the past 23 years, but there is still that connection.  I guess the Girl Scout saying is so true, “Make new friends, but keep the old.  One is silver and the other gold.” This is a tribute to my “golden” friend.  I cherish the time we spent solving the world problem while we sorted all the letters from the people at “Envelope Art School”.

This was a real joke with Postal Workers.  It seemed that a great deal of mail came through our hands with elaborate drawings always professing a great love for the recipient.  Where we these letters from, “Envelope Art School”  aka prison.  We often wondered if any of the prisoners were released and became graphic artists.  We thought they must have given out a box of colored pencils with the orange jump suits.

Random thoughts….and a new job

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sub…

Well starting tomorrow I will no longer be the SUB.  My daughter got me this t-shirt for Christmas and it set me in motion on a  goal for the new year.

I retired from the Postal Service in at the end of July and even though it is something that you think you have been working for your entire career, for me it became the old saying, “be careful what you wish for!” I wasn’t sure how I would fare no longer being in the workforce, so  I signed up to be on the SUB list as an aide in the local school system.  That seemed to be going well, but it was a little unsettling to not know until 7 am if you were working that day.  Last week I was given the opportunity to work in pre-school on Tues-Friday until the end of the school year.  So now I will be able to find out if I really want to get another job or just embrace the freedom of retirement.

Now for my new goal.  To fit into that t-shirt.  I got the “Fitbit” to track my walking progress and I really love it.  It pushed me to make sure I get my “steps” in each week. It stated on the package that it was water-resistant, but it is almost water-proof.  My brother-in-law and I have both forgotten to take it out of our pockets and we not only washed them, but also put them in the dryer.  I had to put mine in rice for a day, but it still works.

Even thought I am doing more walking, I have not been able to lose any weight.  Last week, I re-joined Weight Watchers.  I have set a goal for myself and I hope to reach it by the end of the school year.  I found this new chair I would love to have for my bedroom, so if I make my goal I will post the picture of my new chair.  If I don’t reach my goal…..no new chair.

Thanks for listening.  I hope that writing it down will make me stick to my goal.

I am hoping before the end of the school year I can actually wear that shirt to school!

Let It Snow Quilt

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let it snow quilt

let it snow quilt

Today @ 14 ladies from my quilt guild got together at a local firehouse to work on this quilt by www.farmhousequilt.com    The title of the quilt became very appropriate for a couple of reasons today.  One…the firemen were painting in the kitchen, which was located near our workspace and they had the windows open so it was COLD!  We are still at the mercy of “Ole Man Winter”.  Two…when we finished working on our projects and started home, it was snowing!!

We took this adorable pattern and then we all decided to take the easy way out and forego making the 80 flying geese it took to complete the border.  I guess I might be to blame for that, because I used scraps from another project for mine and I just had small squares and 2 inch strips to work with for my wallhanging.

let is snow pattern

Let it snow pattern

This is a picture of the pattern and as you can see it has many geese flying around the border.  I made the quilt pictured at the top and took it for show n’ share at our quilt meeting  a few months back.  The ladies decided they would like to get together and make one for themselves. We set and date and now the rest is history.  I did a little table runner using three of the snowball blocks to give them an idea of other colors they might want to choose for the wallhanging.

snowman table runner

snowman table runner

A few of the ladies succumbed to the cold or had other things planned and didn’t get their’s completed.  Here are a few of the pictures I snapped!

Detail on the Let it Snow quilt

detail on the Let it Snow quilt

You can see some of the detail on my finished quilt.  I used big snaps for the mouth and buttons for the eyes.  The noses are made of wool and blanket stitched by hand.

Tammy hard at work

Tammy hard at work

Anne #1 working away

Anne #1 working away

Anne had purchased some “fabric” Candy Bars which are cut at 2 1/2″ wide so she decided to use those for the corners on her snowmen blocks.  She left early and I didn’t get a photo of the results, but I am thinking that it would just make the diamond between the snowmen a little larger.

Kris' snowmen blocks

Kris’ snowmen blocks

Kris had to leave for a potluck, but she did get her blocks finished.

Staci's quilt

Staci’s quilt

Mette's quilt

Mette’s quilt

Mette thought it needed framed before she added the stitching.  She will then add an additional border.  I loved the way it looked like little bow tie blocks in the middle.

Anne #2 blocks

Anne #2 blocks

We had two Anne’s attend the workshop.  This Anne wanted to make a lap quilt, so she enlarged the snowball blocks to 9 1/2 inches from the original 6 1/2 inches.  She made the blocks from flannel and she is going to add a larger border.

Connie's quilt

Connie’s quilt

Connie went smaller and the colors are red and black.

Helene's quilt

Helene’s quilt

Helene got the center of her quilt completed.  Her husband also showed up to help us with moving some of our equipment.  Thanks Mike!

Pam's qult

Pam’s quilt

Pam used blues and greens in her quilt and an assortment of cream and white for the snowmen.

Jeanine's quilt

Jeanine’s quilt

Jeanine used Christmas fabric for her quilt.  She was lucky enough to attend an estate sale where she purchased several “crates” of fabric.  Included in the fabric were bags of pre-cut squares.  She used the 2 inch squares on the blocks and took the 4 inch squares and cut them in half and then used them to make the border.

Farmer's Wife

Farmer’s Wife blocks

Then of course, there is one in every crowd, that thinks completely out of the box.  That would be Sherry!  Not really, she was working on blocks for her Farmer’s Wife quilt and came along to join in the fun.  I love her colors!!  What do you think of her design wall…LOL!

I hope this will give you some ideas on what you can do when you are making  your quilts.  Remember, make them your own.  You don’t have to follow the pattern…just enjoy the journey.   Enjoying a day with great friends is what life is all about.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Happy 6th Birthday Mr B

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Cricut Birthday Card

Cricut Birthday card

My great-nephew, Mr. B, turned six last week and this is the card I made him for his birthday.  I used the “Child’s Year” cartridge for this card.  It is a great cartridge and has tons of images. The number “6” font is also on this cartridge.  I always have trouble deciding which direction the Cricut cuts when making a card, so I cut the first card at 4 1/2″.

Cricut Birthday card

Cricut Birthday card

Well, of course, I guess the wrong way.  I needed to cut it at 5 1/2 to get a 4 1/2 x 5 1/2″ card.  This was the first card cut.  I then cut the 5 1/2″ card out of a lighter blue and used the “cutout” from this smaller card for the background of the “6” on the cupcake.

cricut Birthday card

Cricut birthday Card

This is the inside of the card.  I used Stampin’ Up punches to cut the oval and the label.  I used the little “wave”, that was left from cutting the cupcake, under the birthday boy.  I really think this cartridge is well worth the money and since it has been out a while, you can pick it up at a good price.

May your Cricut always buzz……

 

 

Feburary Button Up Quilt

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Hearts Button Up

Hearts Button Up

 

I can not believe it is almost Valentine’s Day.  I thought it was about time to post my Heart Button Up.  It is really listed for Mother’s Day, but I liked it better for Valentines day.  I hope you can tell the difference my new camera makes in my picture  taking ability.  Thanks Kris!

Love is in the air and today is my sister’s 6 month anniversary.  Congrats to the happy couple.

If you would like to make this quilt, the pattern is by Joined at the Hip.  You can also check out my Oct, Nov and Jan Button Up quilts in earlier posts.  Hope you have a great Valentine’s Day.

 

Hostess where are you?

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? Hostess

? Hostess

If it looks like Hostess…

? Hostess

? Hostess

If it’s packaged like Hostess…

Little Debbie

Little Debbie

Does it taste like Hostess?

I am sad to say NO!  I was in Walmart getting a gift card for Mr. B who turned 6 this week, when I saw this package of Little Debbie cupcakes.  I liked Hostess cupcakes, but didn’t really eat them THAT often, but as soon as you can not get something you really crave it.  Of course I purchased the cupcakes and I am afraid to say that I tore into the package as soon as I got in the car.

Little Debbie did make a good try.  They look like Hostess…are packaged like Hostess, but they do not taste like Hostess.  The icing is pretty spot on, but the cake does not have the same almost fudge like taste of Hostess.  The good part about this sad fact is I don’t think I will be buying them again and hence calories saved on my part.

Little Debbie may need to make a call into “Buddy” on TLC to see if he can help them out with the taste.